Fan Excess at Axxess
Day two of the WrestleMania Fan Axxess Tour's only international stop at Windsor, Ontario, Canada was nothing short of memorable for several WWE fans at the Devonshire Mall. Out of an estimated 10,000 WWE fans in attendance today at the Windsor shopping center, four very privileged people not only met some of their favorite WWE Superstars, but were also each given one of the last remaining tickets to WrestleMania 23.
"We were just waiting in line and got picked out at random," explained Windsor native and elated WWE fan Dave Ferrato. "Before you knew it, we were on stage and lo and behold, they were putting two WrestleMania tickets in our hands. I was just shocked."
Along with Leanne Smith and her young son Darryl, Ferrato was many steps away from the front of the line that stretched long across the marble floor of the shopping mall. Waiting for their chance to meet and greet Sandman, Eugene, William Regal and Dave Taylor, the three were randomly selected to receive one of two rare pairs of tickets given away.
"It was quite the experience today," Smith added. "Trying to get an autograph and to be up there on stage to meet [the Superstars] was just surreal. [My son] is completely obsessed with wrestling and we have done everything to try to get tickets."
Adorned in an official WWE t-shirt, Smith's son Darryl was still recovering from the excitement of standing in the same miniature ring with the Superstars he's dreamed of meeting.
"I really, really, really want to go to WrestleMania," he exclaimed.
Another WWE fan who enjoyed their Fan Axxess experience was ECW Die Hard Edward O'Brien, who was proudly adorned in the apparel of ECW Original Sandman.
"[The Fan Axxess Tour] is a great opportunity for those who can't make it to WrestleMania to actually take part in WrestleMania itself before the big event," O'Brien said just moments after an encounter with the Singapore cane-slinging ECW Superstar.
"[Sandman] was kind enough to autograph a shirt for me," he continued. "Now I can frame it and put it away for my kids when they're older."
Perhaps no other WWE fan in Windsor waited as anxiously -- or as long -- as Douglas Roberts who was the first one in line after getting to the mall at 2 p.m. the day before.
"I heard that the lines were filling up, so I figured I'd come early," Roberts explained. "My son [Douglas, Jr.] wanted to see the [WWE Superstars] and he had a great time holding the WWE Championship and calling the matches at the Fan Axxess booths."
"This is the best thing that's ever come to Windsor," he said.